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Asheville Area Hit By Flooding, Downed Trees

6:38 AM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
Crews work to clear Kenilworth Road after a tree demolished three cars and downed power lines Sunday morning. No one was injured. For a photo gallery from Sunday's weather, along with a video, visit CITIZEN-TIMES.com. / John Fletcher/Jfletcher@citizen-times.com.
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Asheville, NC (ACT) -- A number of roads in the mountains are closed this morning because of flooding.

In Asheville, Amboy Road near the French Broad River is closed. Two of three westbound lanes of Interstate 40 on Old Fort Mountain are closed because of a rock slide. All westbound lanes had been closed overnight.

Other roads that are shut down include Crooked Creek Road near N.C. 9 in Buncombe, N.C. 197 north of Bakersville in Mitchell, Mill Creek Road near Old Fort in McDowell, Hyder Mountain Road near Clyde in Haywood and Old Crabtree Road near Lake Junaluska in Haywood.

Rain is winding down over the Asheville area. Look for partly sunny skies with a high of 41 and a 40 percent chance of rain.

On Sunday, heavy rain and wind pummeled Asheville and Western North Carolina on Sunday, causing flooding and downing trees and power lines, and more problems are likely today as the rain continues.

Buncombe County appeared to be getting the worst of damage from falling trees Sunday, with dozens reported down throughout the day. More than 2,000 customers were without electricity in Buncombe on Sunday evening, according to Progress Energy.

Buncombe emergency dispatchers reported a few instances of property damage, but no one was injured. A huge tree that fell on Kenilworth Road near Kenilworth Presbyterian Church crushed three cars that belonged to people attending church there and knocked out an electrical transformer.

"We heard it fall," said Ray Brown, whose 2002 Mercedes was crushed. "The preacher was talking, and then, bam. Fortunately, no one was injured."

The incident happened at about 11:15 a.m. and shut down the road for several hours.

Elsewhere, scattered power outages were reported by Duke Energy in Henderson and Macon counties.

The National Weather Service issued flood watches and warnings for all of Western North Carolina on Sunday, and some of those alerts will continue today, including for the French Broad River at Blantyre and Marshall.

Some areas had received 3-4 inches of rain by Sunday evening, and more heavy rain is expected, Weather Service meteorologist Scott Krentz said.

"It's going to continue through Monday night into Tuesday," he said. More than an inch of additional rain is possible.

Minor flooding was expected along the Little River in Transylvania and along Mud Creek, Clear Creek, Bat Fork Creek and Cane Creek in Henderson. Flooding also was likely along the Swannanoa River in eastern Buncombe, according to the Weather Service.

Written By: Sabian Warren

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